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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III speaks with the media after NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Redskins players react to trademark ruling

Redskins players and officials reacted to Wednesday's ruling by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that the team's name is offensive to Native Americans and canceling its trademark registrations. Published June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark (21) takes part in a drill on the practice field during mini camp practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 18, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

'Old guy' Ryan Clark will fill leadership role for Redskins

Safety was a problem area for Washington throughout last year's miserable 3-13 campaign. It had to be addressed. And while Clark's age makes him a short-term answer, coaches and teammates say he still brings value at a position of need. On a defense that lost its unquestioned leader, linebacker London Fletcher, to retirement, Clark could help fill that void. Published June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, left, and Robert Griffin III, work during their NFL football practice Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Ashburn, Va. Kirk Cousins will start for the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and Robert Griffin III will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Rex Grossman. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kirk Cousins still the guy behind the guy for Redskins

After an offseason filled with trade rumors, Cousins is right back where he started: Robert Griffin III's understudy for the third year in a row. It is a role he has become used to, but he admittedly aspires to something more. Published June 17, 2014

Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) during organized team activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins open minicamp without Brian Orakpo, Jason Hatcher

The Redskins opened their three day veteran minicamp on Tuesday with a pair of key defensive players, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Jason Hatcher, missing due to illness and injury. Published June 17, 2014

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is introduced to the media at a press conference at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Brian MacLellan ready for Caps' summer moves to begin

New general manager Brian MacLellan is familiar with this current roster as a longtime team executive in charge of player personnel. If he wants to put his own stamp on a franchise that missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007, MacLellan has the means to do so quickly. Published June 17, 2014

**FILE** Andre Burakovsky, a winger, stands with Washington Capitals scouting director Ross Mahoney (left) and coach Adam Oates (right) after being chosen 23rd overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Caps promote Ross Mahoney; won't use compliance buyout

The Capitals promoted Ross Mahoney to assistant general manager on Monday. Mahoney has spent the past 16 seasons as Washington's director of amateur scouting, running the franchise's NHL draft process. New general manager Brian MacLellan also said the team won't use a compliance buyout on any of its players this summer. Published June 16, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, right, gets a fist bump from his brother, former head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, left, during organized team activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Jon Gruden visits brother Jay at Redskins OTAs

Last week a Hollywood celebrity was on hand at Redskins Park when Matthew McConaughey visited for organized team activities. The team had another visitor this week when ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden, the older brother of Washington head coach Jay Gruden, watched from the sidelines. Published June 11, 2014

Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) during organized team activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Jason Hatcher ready to put in work on Redskins' D-line

Last season, for a Dallas team that had switched to a 4-3 system, Hatcher recorded 11 sacks. That was more than any Redskins player achieved. It also was way above his previous career best (4.5) and came after playing seven years in a 3-4 alignment. That's where the 6-foot-6, 299-pounder will be again this season after signing a four-year, $27.5 million contract with Washington. Published June 11, 2014

Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) talks to reporters following drills during an OTA at Redskins park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 4, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

Keenan Robinson could emerge from shadows as Redskins' man in middle

With the retirement of linebacker London Fletcher, the Redskins need a player on the inside to take over next to the established Perry Riley, Jr. But torn pectoral muscles cut Robinson's rookie season short and ended last year's before it began. Now, he's working with the starting unit in offseason practices. Published June 4, 2014

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, left, and Adam LaRoche arrive into the dugout before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Washington. It is expected to be Zimmerman's first game back after being on the disabled list. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ryan Zimmerman, left fielder, begins anew with Nats

Before Tuesday, Zimmerman had played 1,119 out of his 1,120 career games at third base. But he started in the outfield against the Phillies in his return from the disabled list. Published June 3, 2014

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman bats during batting practice before the Nationals' baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Washington. Zimmerman is on the disabled list with a broken thumb, and was recently cleared to swing a bat. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman to rehab in Potomac tonight

One by one the Nationals' pieces are returning to the field. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is the latest injured player whose return is imminent. He begins a rehabilitation stint at Single-A Potomac on Friday night in Woodbridge. Published May 30, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) watches practice as the Washington Redskins hold their Organized Team Activities, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DeSean Jackson fitting in fine with Redskins after 'weird' Eagles exit

So far, Jackson's new teammates and coaches have made it a point to accept him unconditionally. They've all heard and read the stories about his sudden end in Philadelphia, and a team's willingness to move on from such a singular talent is a concern. But, for now, Redskins players are willing to suspend judgment. Published May 29, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, reaches for a pass from Robert Griffin III  during their NFL organized team activity at Redskins training facility, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has hamstring injury

It is not exactly the sight the Redskins wanted to see during OTA workouts. But new wide receiver DeSean Jackson went down with a left hamstring injury on Thursday and spent part of the practice having the muscle stretched by a team trainer. Published May 29, 2014

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz watches during NHL hockey training camp on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The shortened, 48-game season begins Saturday, January 19. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

For Barry Trotz, path to coaching hockey started early

Trotz, a native of Dauphin, Manitoba, a town of little more than 8,000 people, began his coaching career at the University of Manitoba in 1984 at age 22. Within two years he was head coach and general manager of the Dauphin Kings, his hometown's junior team. Published May 28, 2014

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz motions to a player in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Washington. The Capitals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Caps' direction remains to be seen as coach, GM hires made

On Monday, owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick promoted Brian MacLellan to the general manager's position and hired veteran NHL coach Barry Trotz to be the man behind the bench. The pair are charged with returning Washington to prominence after it missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007. Published May 26, 2014